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Re: “Transforming UC Berkeley's Bathrooms

A ridiculous way to spend money. This makes the majority of citizens who use the restrooms extremely uncomfortable for a minute minority. Perhaps there should be one or two gender-neutral facilities on campus to accommodate them? Quite frankly, I feel this topic of transgenderism is overplayed. Thanks Bruce! I mean Caitlyn!

Posted by Garry Ovalbach on 08/19/2015 at 11:18 PM

Re: “Can Black-Owned Restaurants Combat Gentrification?

Actually Oakland has many black owned businesses and east and west Oakland have a lot of middle class blacks living there. I got a friend's cousin who grew up in the east Oakland hills and still live there. And it's more than two black owned restaurants in downtown Oakland or uptown as they call it now but it's really North Oakland especially on Telegraph. And telegraph has many African owned restaurants on that street.I know this I grew up in Northern California and I can tell you this. Many blacks own businesses in Oakland, some old time ones have closed down over the last few years but that's cause they have not changed with the times. Kingston 11, Miss Ollie's,and Pican have changed and adjusted with the times. So it's more than two black owned restaurants in downtown Oakland. It's plenty more all over Oakland. And everybody in east and west Oakland ain't poor like either. But these new black owned restaurants in Oakland are the answer to gentrification.

Posted by Orlando Coombs on 08/17/2015 at 3:49 PM

Re: “The East Bay's Best Outdoor Climbing Spots

Daisy, thank you for posting this information. I am contemplating moving to Oakland for a job and it is good to see there are local outdoor climbing spots.

Posted by Bo Handy on 08/10/2015 at 9:00 PM

Re: “Can Black-Owned Restaurants Combat Gentrification?

Two black-owned in a sea of white-owned. I guess they are considered the quota.

Posted by Cynthia Cornelius on 07/27/2015 at 9:33 AM

Re: “Beyond Dim Sum

Is it true that Shan Dong doesn't make buns anymore? I stopped in recently, and the owner lady said this was the case.

Posted by Lillian Hsu on 06/26/2015 at 1:18 AM

Re: “Oakland's Most Radical Coffee Shop

I appreciate this coffee coverage and I look forward to trying this roasters beans, however I take issue with something in the article:

" there's a deep irony in the fact that certain (mostly white) segments of the industry act as though they're the first ones who ever knew exactly which farm their coffee beans came from, or roasted the beans in a certain way to maximize their flavor. The truth is that kind of approach has existed for a long time in Africa, where coffee was invented — but few folks in the so-called "third wave" coffee industry ever acknowledge it."

This is a mischaracterization at best. To me it feels like unnecessary racialization.
More than any other tradition in U.S. coffee history, the so-called "third wave" of coffee gives credit to the farmers and cooperatives who grow their beans. They name names on their products and show photos of the farmers on their websites. Most importantly they pay them more than Folgers or Starbucks ever did. These farmers are given recognition for the quality of their product.
I've never gotten the sense that the roasters or baristas (whatever race they are) are ignoring the people of color at the coffee's origin.

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Posted by Robert K. Williams on 06/22/2015 at 11:07 PM

Re: “Our Local Green Future

Can we PLEASE put an end to the "wind turbines kill substantial amounts of birds" mythology (and Jim Wiegand, I have to say you--who posts incessantly in oppositional response to pro-wind articles--why the hell are you not as diligent in opposition to fossil fuel extraction which kills on the order of 1000s of more times as many birds, hmmm? Would you kindly produce PEER REVIEWED studies that back up your outlandish claims that the studies are "rigged" as you claim?!?) - http://www.climate-change-guide.com/how-ma…

Posted by Steve Ongerth on 06/15/2015 at 6:59 PM

Re: “Our Local Green Future

Hi Darwin,

Thanks for this great article on clean energy progress.

One important correction:

San Francisco's Community Choice program, CleanPowerSF, is now scheduled to launch in January of 2016, just six months from now.

After over a decade of battling with corrupt SF mayors over starting the program, the newest mayor of San Francisco has finally become a supporter of the launch.

A key factor that got the mayor to stop delaying and get it in gear is that local community advocates got our San Francisco Local Agency Formation Commission (SF LAFCo) to complete a study which clearly shows that the City can gain upwards of 9,200 jobs over ten years, building out hundreds of megawatts of local clean energy and efficiency installations under CleanPowerSF.

Alameda can follow the same path with its own program and thereby sweep cynical PG&E manipulated political interference aside.

Readers can check out the SF LAFCo's CleanPowerSF local build-out report at:

http://www.sfbos.org/Modules/ShowDocument.…

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Posted by Eric_Brooks on 06/15/2015 at 2:39 PM

Re: “Our Local Green Future

The USFWS in reference to Communication towers "The taller the tower, the more likely it will kill birds". But with wind turbines that have far more dangerous 200 mph spinning blade tips, this same fact is being dismissed by Altamont, the wind industry and USFWS.

And for those that think communication towers are more dangerous I will present this fact. Very few raptors (less than 1/10 of a percent have ever been killed in the 75 year history of studying avian mortality around communication towers. Also in my research I have never come across an eagle being reported killed by a communication tower.

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Posted by Jim Wiegand on 06/14/2015 at 1:06 PM

Re: “Our Local Green Future

Airplanes, buildings etc. kill far more birds than wind turbines based upon RIGGED RESEARCH. Keep in mind old age kills billions of birds a year as well and this comparison is just as meaningless as the propaganda put out by the wind industry. Wind turbines also have a mortality foot print of thousands of miles and target specialized species that must live in remote habitats.

Name one eagle or peregrine falcon that has ever been killed by a building or an airplane. This may have occurred a few times but the point is thousands and thousands of these species have been killed by turbines.

Since 1997 approximately 31,000 eagle carcasses have been shipped to the Denver Eagle Repository of which thousands have come from around wind farms. The cause of death and exact locations where these 31,000 eagles were found has never been disclosed by the Interior Department, even though once upon a time the USFWS did disclose that wind farms were a primary sources of eagle carcasses sent to the Denver Eagle Repository.

Our Interior Department along with the FWS have been protecting this industry for decades by endorsing the wind industry's rigged research and providing this industry with voluntary regulations. As a result most of the wind industry's slaughter to protected species is being concealed behind contrived research. The real numbers killed by turbines are in the millions annually.

If that isn't enough, both wind industry and USFWS personnel are conveniently bound by gag orders with severe penalties so dead eagle and endangered species information remains hidden from the public. Because of this any discussions with FWS representatives and people connected to the wind industry are meaningless because they will only reveal "approved" information.

For college students here is a tip, the last honest turbine mortality study. It was conducted 30 years ago in 1985 when it was estimated that 6800 birds were being killed annually by about 200 MW of installed wind turbines. I would provide a link but this study was stripped off the internet years ago. .............."McCrary, M.D., R.L. McKernan, and R.W. Schreiber. 1986. San Gorgonio wind resource area: impacts of commercial wind turbine generators on birds, 1985 data report. Prepared for Southern California Edison Company. 33 pp".

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Posted by Jim Wiegand on 06/14/2015 at 11:26 AM

Re: “Oakland's Most Radical Coffee Shop

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Posted by Editor on 06/14/2015 at 9:04 AM

Re: “Dating in the Post-Grindr World

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Posted by Editor on 06/14/2015 at 8:24 AM

Re: “Our Local Green Future

Or selling your car. Motor vehicles kill far more birds and other animals than windmills.

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Posted by Segue Fischlin III on 06/13/2015 at 11:02 PM

Re: “Our Local Green Future

Wind turbines can be designed differently. Mr. Mills needs to focus on a win-win solution. The only reason they are HAWT and not VAWT is inertia in research. VAWT are more visible to birds. Also, I suspect that those kill numbers are grossly exaggerated. Airplanes kill FAR MORE birds than giant wind turbines, whose blades move relatively slowly compared to a jet engine. If you really cared about animals, Mr. Mills, you'd be designing a safer propulsion system for commercial airplanes rather than bitching about a handful of windmills.

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Posted by Segue Fischlin III on 06/13/2015 at 11:00 PM

Re: “Our Local Green Future

How does this plan "supplant" PG&E? The company already buys energy from other sources and delivers it to customers. More info is needed about who would maintain the lines, who would own them, and how the plan would be run to avoid some of the same issues PG&E has faced, or that the State faced when it tried to take over the infrastructure.

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Posted by Amy Hengst on 06/13/2015 at 5:49 PM

Re: “Our Local Green Future

Decades before wind turbines came on to the scene wildlife biologists routinely used DAILY SEARCHES when looking for carcasses around communication towers. They did this because of scavengers and it was PROVEN to be the most reliable methodology for accurate mortality data. Periodic searches were also conducted FAR BEYOND STANDARD SEARCH AREAS checking for the possibility of missed carcasses. Generally these standard search areas were as far out from towers as the tower height.
The wind industry does none of this and never has. Turbines are now 500 feet or more in height and instead of search areas are in the range of 500-700 feet out from turbines generally extend out only about 150 feet. For those that will not accept the fact that the wind industry manufactures their mortality studies to suit their purposes, here is another very clear example of some the rigging process used on Altamont's turbines.

The Smallwood studies published in 2004 determined that the small old turbines at Altamont were killing thousands of eagles, hawks, owls and other birds each year. Between 1998-2003 these Altamont studies, with ridiculous search intervals, produced 1189 bird carcasses and 90% of these carcasses were determined not to be wind farm related. In other words about 120 of the carcasses found by researchers were dismissed from the turbine mortality data.

In the later 2005-2010 study used to assess the reduction in raptor mortality by 50% for the Audubon settlement and repowering agreement, 6133 carcasses (over 5 times) were found during similar searches and more than 1500 (over 10 times more) carcasses were dismissed from the data. This total also includes 21 additional dismissed eagles picked up the WRRS.

Amazingly Audubon approved these later studies even though more carcasses were dismissed than all the combined carcasses found during the earlier Altamont Smallwood studies.

Getting the truth out about Altamont and the wind industry's bogus research is important because as the public is being fed misinformation with stories ("Debate on impact of wind turbines on birds continues") the industry is very hard at work rigging new laws in D.C. They are crafting laws that absolve them for their past, present and future wind turbine slaughter. A slaughter that will drive many species to extinction, the species type and numbers killed will not matter.

One of these hatched plots is H.R.493 CLEAN Energy Producers Act of 2015.



Jim Wiegand -Wildlife biologist

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Posted by Jim Wiegand on 06/13/2015 at 11:45 AM

Re: “Oakland's Most Radical Coffee Shop

There's a long history of successful cooperatives in the US for those who can spell "history." Companies making sophisticated industrial products not simply wholesalers/retailers of food and drink. In addition to Arizmendi in Oakland there's Nabolom in Berkeley.

National firms include Goretex, Graybar Electric, Kelly-Moore Paint and lots more. These ain't corner stores.

Food ventures may well not be the foundation for a long-term, vital economy in Oakland. Restaurants, cafes, bars, grocery stores come and go at a rapid rate. Again, a little history can be instructive.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 06/12/2015 at 6:30 PM

Re: “Oakland's Most Radical Coffee Shop

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Posted by Editor on 06/12/2015 at 2:09 PM

Re: “Our Local Green Future

Almost any decision has trade offs. Many people think they are good because they point out the negative side of any compromise - and, use inflated figures trying to show they are right.

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Posted by Gary Baker on 06/11/2015 at 11:09 PM

Re: “East Bay Businesses that Give Applicants a Fair Chance

Great article and kudos to the businesses and their leadership in helping the under-served population in Oakland find employment. I will be reaching out to these forward-thinking companies for potential partnerships with my reentry clients to share some resources through our transitional employment program here at Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (www.self-sufficiency.org). Thanks again for the write up.

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Posted by McKinley Williams on 06/11/2015 at 11:53 AM

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